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1public/ˈpʌblɪk/adjective
1public
/ˈpʌblɪk/
adjective
Learner's definition of PUBLIC  
always used before a noun  : of, relating to, or affecting all or most of the people of a country, state, etc.
always used before a noun 
: of, relating to, paid for by, or working for a government
   b  : supported by money from the government and from private contributors rather than by commercials
: able to be used by anyone : open or available to people in general rather than to just a few people
   b  : able to be seen or heard by many people
: known to many people
: offering shares or stock that can be traded on the open market
— opposite privatesee also initial public offering

go public

: to make something known to many people : to make something generally known by announcing it, publishing it, etc.
: to offer shares or stock that can be freely traded on the open market

in the public eye

— see 1eye

public knowledge

— see knowledge
2public/ˈpʌblɪk/noun
2public
/ˈpʌblɪk/
noun
Learner's definition of PUBLIC  
[singular]
the public  : the people of a country, state, etc.
: a group of people who have a shared interest, quality, etc.

in public

: in a place where you can be seen by many people : in a public place
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